Macromolecules in Whole Urine that Promote Calcium Oxalate and Phosphate Crystal Formation

  • G. A. Rose
  • S. Sulaiman


Qualitative studies1 have shown that Tamm-Horsfall mucoprotein (T-H) increases both calcium oxalate and calcium phosphate crystals formed when dilute whole urine is rapidly evaporated. This was confirmed quantitatively for calcium oxalate2 but on addition of T-H to urinary ultrafiltrates the recovery of both crystal types formed was incomplete suggesting that there might be in urine a second macromolecule crystal promoter. This possibility is explored.


Calcium Phosphate Crystal Formation Sodium Dodecyl Sulphate Calcium Oxalate Phosphate Crystal 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • G. A. Rose
    • 1
  • S. Sulaiman
    • 1
  1. 1.St. Peter’s Hospital and the Institute of UrologyLondonUK

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